top ten (plus two) choices of children's poetry books from 2011
James Carter and Graham Denton
Beware! Low Flying Rabbits Roger Stevens (Macmillan Children's Books) In Roger's latest collection you'll find funny poems, sad poems, silly poems and serious poems from toast toppings, football, loneliness, brothers and fame to teachers, shouting at the ocean, being brave and snails.
Evidence of Dragons Pie Corbett (Macmillan Children's Books) At last Pie's brilliant poems together in one volume for the first time. A must have book for your poetry collection.
Orange Silver Sausage A collection of Poems Without Rhymes from Zephania to Agard. Compiled by James Carter and Graham Denton (Walker Books) As you'd expect from Walker Books - lots of care has been taken with this book - from it's curved corners to its lovely layouts and illustrations. A great present and some great poems inside too.
The Magic Box Kit Wright (Macmillan Children's Books) Over two hundred pages and great value. The collected works (more or less) (plus a few new poems) of that genius of children's poetry - Kit Wright. It's funny, sad, serious, everything. Everyone in the world should have a copy!!!
The Jumble Book Poems collected by Roger Stevens. Illustrated by Sarah Nayler (Macmillan Children's Books) About one in ten people in the UK are affected by some degree of dyslexia which, in its severest form, makes ordinary books difficult or impossible to read. As well as lots of great poems that will be enjoyed by everyone, layout, font and paper colour have been designed to make the book easy to read for people with dyslexia. The book is being published in conjunction with Dyslexia Action.
A Million Brilliant Poems (part one) Poems chosen by Roger Stevens (A&C Black) Roger writes, "I wanted to collect together the very best children's poems of the last ten years or so. All the really popular ones in one volume." Poets include Benjamin Zephania, John Hegley, Grace Nichols and Roger McGough. From very sad to very, very funny. Like it says on the cover - brilliant!
It's Behind You Monster Poems by Paul Cookson and David Harmer (Macmillan Children's Books) A large format book with big, scary illustrations by Carl Flint. Find out what to do if there's a monster under your bed, a zombie in the garden or a cyclops at your school. Ideal for boys or young goths.
Michael Rosen's Big Book of Bad Things (Puffin Books) Written in Michael's wonderful prosy poetry style. A return to his best. Nearly two hundred pages of funny, silly and wise poems. Delve in and discover the delicious dark side of things, from beasties and balloons to homework.
On My Way To School I Saw a Dinosaur Poems for younger children by Roger Stevens (A&C Black) Ideal for infant-school aged children. Silly, serious, sad and funny poems about school. The verses follow the school year and Frog Class, where Billy's worm causes chaos and Miss Moss has her patience tested.
Razzle Dazzle Poems by Andy Seed (Hands Up Books) Take a chance on this lesser known children's poet. The book is published by the wonderful Hands-Up books and deserves to do well. Lots of funny poems, lots of word play. I enjoyed it very much. It's available on amazon but if it's out of stock, as small press books often are, it's worth visiting the Hands-Up Books site and ordering from there.
In My Sky at Twilight. Poems of Eternal Love. Chosen by Gaby Morgan (Macmillan Children's Books) This collection of love poems was initially put together for teenagers, particularly girls - hence the gloomy cover and twilight reference. But in fact its a very good and wide ranging collection, suitable for all teenagers and adults too. Including lots of classic love poems - from Shakespeare, Elizabeth Barrett Browning and Christine Rossetti to Brian Patten, Wendy Cope and Carol Ann Duffy. A great present for the romantic people in your life.
My Cat is in Love with the Goldfish and other loopy love poems (A&C Black) More love poems, but this time for and with the emphasis on fun. Includes what happens when frogs don't turn into princes and a whale falls head over heels in love with a submarine.
finally - if you'd like to buy a poetry book for a grown-up - try this. My favourite
poetry book that I was given last Christmas. Tell Me Lies by Adrian Mitchell.